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Real Life Renos, the Podcast
84 minutes | Mar 12, 2022
Ron Wickman 2
We're welcoming Ron Wickman back with us today to take a deeper dive into exactly when and how a barrier-free entrance to a home can be achieved. It's a complicated process. We'll also take a look at a few different housing developments and see what it takes to put accessible design on the map.
40 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Diane has a Master of Arts in Leadership and has put that to good use working in government administration at the municipal and provincial levels before accepting her current position as President, CNIB Guide Dogs and VP, International Affairs also for the CNIB. Her role involves national and international advocacy, a responsibility she has undertaken on behalf of other organizations as well. Diane’s appetite for adventures that few of us would undertake is what caught my eye. To say she is a daredevil is something of an understatement! Diane has rappelled down the side of a 29-story building, skydived and driven a race car. She is passionate about exercise and in 2017 completed the Ironman Mont Tremblant. It will not shock our listeners to hear that Diane is the recipient of numerous awards for advocacy, excellence and leadership and not surprisingly, that she is a motivational speaker. What may come as a surprise is that Diane is blind, a process that began when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of five. By the age of 10 she was legally blind and in her 30’s she lost all sight. Diane occasionally consults with accessibility architect Ron Wickman on his projects. Designing buildings for accessibility often focuses on wheelchair access however Diane’s advocacy for the blind has proven useful in Ron’s work by allowing him to integrate design that meets the needs of those with diminished or no sight and that is the subject of our conversation today.
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Ron Wickman was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a master of architecture degree. Like many in professional fields, Ron specializes, and his interest was very clear in his master's thesis, which was entitled Beyond the Ramp. It has since been published and is available through his website now. I ordered a copy of it and I was just so mesmerized by it. I found it very thought-provoking because it not only identifies the problems, but it helps us understand the process that went into finding solutions.
5 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Episode 179 : Glass Half Full
Are you a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person? As we dive into the holiday season, not to mention winter, it matters.
17 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 178 : How Good Is Your Tread?
Tread matters! It will keep you on your feet or fail to prevent you from falling. Falling can often be a serious thing for older adults so check that tread.
10 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 177 : Who Is There For You?
We all need people to support us but not everyone can identify who that might be.
4 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 176 : Grandparenting
Are you a grandparent? I need your advice.
21 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 175 : The Oldish 2021 Gift Guide
It's time to make a list and check it twice! Let us help with suggestions for older adults.
11 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 174 : Rational Thought
Decision-making is a process with many shades of grey.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 173 : The Turf You Claim Is Crucial
Time to get real about the place you hang your hat
17 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 172 : Your Health and Wellness
Our own health and wellness is often not paid attention to until something happens. The air in our homes can often be more polluted than the outdoor air, as an example.
8 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 171 : Forward Movement Isn't A Straight Line
Moving forward in life is always the goal but how often have you been sidetracked by jogs in the road?
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Episode 170 : The Power of No
No is a complete sentence but it doesn't come without obligations and consequences.
13 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Episode 169 : How Many Medications Are You Taking?
Time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Medications that aren't needed can affect balance and quality of life potentially leading to loss of independence.
11 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Episode 168 : The Best Money I've Spent Lately
Want to know the best money I've spent lately? For my health, independence and ability to live my life the way I choose.
14 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Episode 167 : Boundaries
Boundaries are a critical part of all relationships. We teach people how to treat us and now may be a good time to review your boundaries.
31 minutes | May 31, 2020
Aging & Pets
Veterinarian Dr. Ellen Shapiro joins us to discuss both sides of aging and pets. Pets get older and need special care. Humans also get older and find great comfort in the company of pets but there are some lessons to learn about choosing pets, keeping them happy and providing for their care in the event that life throws us a curveball.
21 minutes | May 31, 2020
Sergeant Andrew McIsaac of the Ontario Provincial Police is our guest today as we learn about Project Lifesaver. A premier search and rescue program, Project Lifesaver is operated internationally and is strategically designed for at-risk individuals prone to wandering.
29 minutes | May 31, 2020
Is a Reverse Mortgage for You?
Reverse mortgages can make use of the equity in your home to help with modifications to help your home work with you and whatever challenges you and your family face. Yvonne Ziomecki from Home Equity Bank joins us today to explain the possibilities.
26 minutes | May 31, 2020
Lesya Dyk Explains the Role of an OT
Our guest, Lesay Dyk, is an Occupational Therapist. An OT can be your best ally when you need home modifications in a hurry but can also help you stay in the home of your dreams.
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